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Former Twitter India head Manish Maheshwari to launch ed-tech start-up Metaversity

Maheshwari has partnered with Tanay Pratap, who has been a Senior Software Engineer with Microsoft, for the ed-tech venture

Manish Maheshwari

Former Twitter India head Manish Maheshwari has decided to exit the micro-blogging platform to launch his ed-tech startup. Earlier in August, he had relocated to the US as the Senior Director, Global Strategy and Operations of the company.

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Maheshwari revealed the information about his exit and future plans through a tweet.

“After close to three years, I am leaving Twitter to dedicate myself to #education and #teaching. While it is with a heavy heart that I leave Twitter, I am excited about the impact that can be created globally through education,” he said.

Maheshwari also announced that he has partnered with Tanay Pratap, who has been a Senior Software Engineer with Microsoft, for the ed-tech venture.

“We will start by imparting employability training via a virtually immersive platform, which we are calling Metaversity,” he said.

Before Twitter, Maheshwari was the CEO of Network18 Digital. In the past, he has also worked with organisations like Flipkart and P&G, among others.

Recently, Twitter got its new CEO Parag Agrawal, which followed Jack Dorsey stepping down from the role.

In a series of tweets, he explained the thoughts behind venturing into the ed-tech space. He wrote, “Covid-19 has fundamentally changed not only the skills needed to be successful in the new economy but also how those skills are imparted. I am thrilled about how technology, particularly Metaverse, can be leveraged to improve education and employability.”

He further said that education was very close to his heart and he had “been a teacher since high school while growing up in a middle-class household in India’s hinterland.” He said that he had paid for his education at Wharton by being a teaching assistant, and added, “This is an opportunity to go back to my roots.”

Giving details about his start-up, Maheshwari said that Metaversity is particularly relevant for women in emerging markets as it equalises the playing field. “It empowers them to become whosoever they want to be, build learning communities and make inroads into professional networks, thereby improving their career prospects.”

“Our vision is a high-quality and socially immersive learning experience for everyone, delivered to them wherever they are, at a price they can afford. I am looking forward to your support as we build the team and raise the funds to deliver on this Metaversity vision,” he concluded.

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